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Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017: Canisius scores win at Ohio power Massillon

   Leading off today: In the words -- singular, actually -- of Billy Fuccillo, Friday was huuuuuuuuge for New York high school football, no where more so than in Class AA.

   With so much to recap from the state's large-school class, we're splitting our usual recap in two and will return later Saturday with highlights from classes A through D.

   Road warriors: Joel Nicholas ran for three touchdowns to pace Canisius to a 49-35 win in Ohio over Massillon Washington.

   Nicholas, who carried nine times for 80 yards, ran for scores of 12, 2 and 40 yards in the first half as Canisius wiped out a 7-0 deficit. Massillon pulled into a 21-21 tie at the half, but Jayce Johnson threw 39 yards to R.J. Brandon for one score and tallied himself on a 1-yard carry in the third quarter as the Crusaders, ranked sixth by the New York State Sportswriters Association, moved ahead for good.

   Johnson threw 41 yards to Paul Woods (five catches, 86 yards) for another score in the third quarter and finished 12-for-19 for 220 yards.

   Massillon (5-2) entered the game rated 10th in Division II by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

   Just for kicks: Monroe-Woodbury followed a first-quarter touchdown drive with two successful onside kicks and got three field goals from Mike Boyle en route to a 28-17 victory over Newburgh Free Academy.

   Newburgh is ranked 11th and W-M 28th by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Boyle made field goals of 33, 26 and 27 yards.

   M-W took the early lead when Steven Campione found Kenny Hernandez on a middle screen that covered 51 yards. A Boyle onside kick set up a five-play drive capped by Campione's 2-yard carry, and another onside kick led to a seven-play possession culminating in Boyle's first field goal.

   C-NS still perfect: Fourteenth-ranked Baldwinsville held a 31-26 lead late in the first half but succumbed to a punishing second-half performance by No. 8 Cicero-North Syracuse, which registered a 67-31 victory.

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   "We knew they were going to test us," C-NS quarterback Conner Hayes told Syracuse.com after finishing with two long TD runs and thee scoring passes. "B'ville's always a great team. We expected them to come out and play hard like this. They got a couple on us, but we just kept on fighting."

   Hayes ran 57 yards for his second TD of the game with just 36 seconds left in the second quarter, then the Northstars recovered a squib kick at the Baldwinsville 45. Two plays later, Hayes connected with Lukas Merluzzi for a 30-yard TD pass and a 39-31 lead with :02 to go in the half.

   Pride scored this third TD on a 15-yard run in the third quarter, then Jaiquawn McGriff picked off a B'ville pass to set the stage for Hayes' 11-yard scoring throw to Shy'rel Broadwater, making it 52-31.

  
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   Section 1 upset: Sophomore Kyle Walker scored on a pair of short carries following turnovers and Clarkstown South went on to a 21-20 triumph against No. 20 Clarkstown North.

   Linebacker Michael Iodice intercepted a pass deep in North territory to set up the first score, then Walker recovered a fumble at the North 17 on the next possession.

   "I think we came in and said we need a big play early," Vikings coach Mike Scarpelli told The Journal News. "We have to get some momentum, whether it was going to be on a long pass or something. We had to set something up. I think it just unraveled on its own and we took advantage of it."

   The South defense forced four turnovers.

   Top two stay on track: Top-ranked and defending NYSPHSAA champion Troy kept rolling with a 40-15 win over No. 15 Shaker.

   Senior Joey Ward scored on consecutive second-half carries wrapped around his fourth-down sack of Connor McHugh to put the game out of reach. Ward carried 22 times for 193 yards and also threw a 47-yard touchdown to quarterback Joe Casale.

    • QB Ryan Mansell threw for 191 yards and three scores as No. 2 Lancaster overpowered No. 29 Jamestown 39-6. Two of his scores covered 67 and 55 yards to Max Giordano (five catches, 144 yards).

   Carrying the load: Hilton senior Max Chamberlain ran 45 times for 411 yards and scored six touchdowns as the Cadets outslugged Penfield 48-30.

   It was Chamberlains second six-TD game of the season. The scoring runs covered 80, 1, 3, 3, 12 and 64 yards.

   Big finish: Steven Mehling kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lift once-beaten Warwick past Minisink Valley 17-14 and clinch a first-round home game in the Section 9 playoffs.

   Scoreboard: Here are the results thus far from Week 6 of the New York high school football season.


  
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